USAT/SBN August 2010 MMA Consensus Rankings: Heavyweight

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Brock Lesnar 99 UFC 1
2 Fedor Emelianenko 90 M-1 Global/Strikeforce 2
3 Fabricio Werdum 89 Strikeforce 4
4 Cain Velasquez 87 UFC 3
5 Shane Carwin 84 UFC 5
6 Junior dos Santos 82 UFC 6
7 Frank Mir 77 UFC 7
8 Alistair Overeem 75 Strikeforce/DREAM 8
9 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 71 UFC 9
10 Antonio Silva 51 Strikeforce 11
11 Josh Barnett 50 DREAM/Impact Fighting 10
12 Brett Rogers 49 Strikeforce 12
13 Gabriel Gonzaga 38 UFC 13
14 Cheick Kongo 32 UFC 14
15 Mirko Filipovic 27 UFC 15
16 Andrei Arlovski 26 Strikeforce 16
17 Aleksander Emelianenko 24 Free Agent 17
17 Pedro Rizzo 24 Impact FC 19
19 Roy Nelson 20 UFC 18
20 Tim Sylvia 20 Free Agent 21
21 Ben Rothwell 19 UFC 20
22 Randy Couture 15 UFC 22
23 Stefan Struve 12 UFC 23
24 Jeff Monson 11 Free Agent 25
25 Mike Russow 10 UFC 26

#6 Junior Dos Santos didn't get any bump from beating #19 Roy Nelson at UFC 117. But he earned a title shot against the winner of #1 Brock Lesnar vs #4 Cain Velasquez at October's UFC 121.

Rankings compiled by Richard Wade.

Based on the premise that all MMA rankings are subjective but that it’s still useful and informative to know who the online MMA community as a whole ranks as the best fighters in MMA, we collect and average the rankings of the top MMA websites to produce our consensus rankings. We compile the top MMA rankings from each of our sources and award 25 points for a first place ranking, 16 for a 10th place ranking, 1 for a 25th place ranking. A formula is used to "normalize" the data so all fighters are awarded points from those lists that do not include a full 25 fighters. This formula ensures that each ranking site awards the same number of total points regardless of how many fighters they choose to rank. Each fighter’s total is divided by the number of possible points to determine their standing in the Consensus Rankings.

We are now moving to what JCS of Fight Matrix has described as assumed rankings in an attempt to rank fighters who move between weight classes. This has been the biggest problem with the consensus rankings and we believe this new methodology will rectify that.

Let's take Anderson Silva for instance. 87% (13 of 15) of our panelists have him at Light Heavyweight and 100% (15 of 15) at Middleweight. On the 13 ballots that ranked Silva at 205, we took the average (21.2). We then reduced that number by half the percentage of Light Heavyweight ballots that he was not included on. Say he's not on 30% of them, then we do a 15% penalty on the average that we found in the previous step. That number is then used instead of the usual "normalization number" to provide points from those not ranking the fighter in the weight class in question. This avoids fighters being excessively penalized by confusion about which weight class they belong.

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